The “Bloom” Spring Pillow

Today was one of those days.
The days where you are just…so….tired.
One of those days where you let your kids watch PBS way too long,
and eat graham crackers for breakfast.
One of those days where you wish you had Netflix or Cable T.V. so you could zone out for hours.
However “unwonderful” the day was, it was the perfect day to be
…..working on a pillow!
and that’s what I did. I didn’t even use the machine. Just hand-stiched the entire thing,…
so I could sit, and sit, and sit…..and watch PBS with my kids.
OK, now I probably should be explaining the pictures of the tutorial, so you know how to make this if you want.
Really, if you want to recover the pillow like a “normal” person would, with a sewing machine, I would suggest it for the sake of time, but if you want to just ‘sit” and do a project, or if you’re lacking a sewing machine, start by cutting two material rectangles to cover the pillow. I used a white burlap that I tea stained.
Then I took ribbon for a little shine, and stuffed one peice of material over the other and then covered it (over the exhisting piping) with ribbon and stitched through all of it (shown below).
The back of this picture shows the ribbon stitched around the exhisting pipeing and material ends.
This process obviously involves some guesstimating and material trimming here and there. I would usually roll the top piece of material over once and then cover it with the ribbon before I sewed it up.
When it was all stitched up, I googled for “branch images”, printed one off and cut it out.
Then I took a RubADub sharpie, traced the branches and wrote the word BLOOM.
Next I took a ripped scarf (from the GW), and another scrap of yellow material I had,
and I began to make some flowers. (Notice the super tiny nail scissors, they were helpfull in the next step).
I then took the circles and quartered them, and took the tiny sciccors and cut them into heart shapes.
This way when I unfolded them, they would look like flowers. I made a cute little knot in the middle of each flower, while stitching them on the pillow. I wished I could have found my yellow beads to stitch into the middle of each flower, but I “organized” my cupboards while renovating the master bedroom, and now the beads are who-knows-where.
I made some different sizes….
and that was it! I love it! I think I might have to make it again with leaves for fall.
It made my lazy morning, somewhat productive,
and then in the afternoon, the sun came out and that really brightened my mood.
I hope you had a happy Friday. Did yours involve anything crafty??
Hi. I’m Katie Goldsworthy and I blog at Creatively Living. A blog about making a beautiful home out of what you have, turning trash into treasure and using creativity to love the home you live in.
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  1. You have made me want to get out a needle and thread tomorrow 🙂

  2. Sweet pillow. I’ve never heard of a Rub-a-Dub Sharpie, so I don’t know how it works. But, it sure looks great. Nice project for a lazy Friday.

  3. That is the cutest pillow! Great job!

  4. Katie I really love this pillow! So simple…Bloom. It is perfect! You did a fantastic job, you have amazing talent! -Jen

  5. so lovely! Pillows are one of my favorite things to make 🙂
    I’ll have to keep my eye out for those pens, I’ve never heard of them before either!
    it looks great!

  6. Really cute and I can’t believe you did that all by hand!

  7. This is so cute!

  8. This is such a sweet little pillow. I love how you made the flowers!

  9. How cute…Thanks for linking up @CountryMommaCooks and have a wonderful Sunday:)

  10. So cute, I love the addition of the yellow flowers they really make the pillow!

  11. Wow, that is lovely! I can totally see how you can make different ones for all of the seasons. You did a beautiful job! 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  12. Sew, Sew, Sew cute. The yellow flowers are so very pretty. One great pillow, great job, and thanks for showing us how. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday’s Best!

  13. I really like this. I do that too – sew things by hand just because I want to be able to sit on the couch and relax rather than drag out the sewing machine and sit at the table. The yellow flowers are perfect!

  14. This turned out so cute!

  15. This is soo lovely!!

  16. Very pretty, love it!

  17. Very pretty pillow!
    Love the yellow flowers!
    Thanks for coming by to link up…I would love to have you back this week!
    See you there!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  18. Oh, I just love your pillow so much! Beautiful!

  19. Love this happy pillow! And love that you didn’t need to haul out the sewing machine. Visiting from Homemaker on a Dime.

  20. I just love this! It’s so cheery. I also love the “sit” idea. I could use a craft project like that …. like today :).
    I would love to have you share this at my link party –

  21. Looove the yellow blooms!

  22. Sew sooo cute :0) Love the little yellow flowers.

  23. i love the pillow!! the little yellow flowers are the perfect touch!

  24. What a sweet pillow! Super cute!

  25. Aww this is adorable. I love it.

  26. Very cute pillow! 🙂

  27. This pillow is adorable!

  28. I am totally impressed …way to kick it old school! It looks awesome!!!!!

  29. Very nice. And what a great thing to have to show for a ‘lazy’ day.

    Coming from @EmbChange

  30. This is adorable! If this is your lazy I want to see your productive! Thanks for linking to the Stinky Linky Party!

  31. So creative! I tried stenciling on burlap once and well let’s just say it didn’t turn out so hot lol

    -Jacque @

  32. Very cute! Maybe that’s my problem…I have cable! Haha, thanks for linking up to the Cutesy Monday link party!


  33. You have PBS–we don’t have that even!

    I LOVE your pillow. It looks fantastic. I am having some sitting days myself (I don’t want to, but am physically needing to) and the lack of productivity is driving me mad. I’m hoping to do some sewing of some sort tomorrow. I LOVE this project! I might make one, too!

  34. The pillow is darling! Thanks for linking up to our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday.” We love having you and hope you’ll be back next week! -The Sisters

  35. Beautiful!!

  36. I can’t believe you made that pillow while feeling so tired!! It’s very pretty! I may just have to try this!

  37. Ohhh how pretty! I love the little yellow flowers!

  38. I love everything about this! Especially how you added the little flowers to make it perfect.
    I would love for you to come link it up at my Thrifty Under {$50} Friday Party!! See you soon!


  39. This is so beautiful! I love the burlap and yellow flowers! So spring-y! Stopping by from Shabby Nest.

  40. This is… euhhh…. well…. FABULOUS!!!!!! And if you want.. you can send it over here! hehe

    I would love it if you shared this a The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality!

  41. This turned out GREAT! I love the little yellow blooms!!! XO, Aimee

  42. this pillow is SOO pretty! i love it. i would love for you to link this post up to the spread the love weekend wrap up party i host on my blog.
    there is also an AMAZING elissa hudson print giveaway going on right now as well.
    hope to see you there!
    {love} lauryn @

  43. I love the little yellow accent with the flowers. Fabulous job!

  44. Katie, this really turned out adorable! The yellow just pops on it!

  45. Wow! Way to turn around an unwonderful day into a completely wonderful project. This is so gorgeous! Thanks for sharing at this week’s BFF Open House!

  46. Hi Katie, The pillow is adorable! Thanks for the hint about the sharpie.
    Hugs, Sherry

  47. Love, love, LOVE this! Simple in design, but Oh-so-effective!!! I need to keep my eyes open for some pillows/cushions. Hope the next week is better for you. 🙂

  48. Love this so much that I had to feature it as part of my link party wrap up! Please feel free to grab a featured button from my sidebar if you like!

  49. That is simply adorable! I love how you love yellow!
    Thanks for linking up this week – hope to see you back this week!
    STacey of Embracing Change

  50. My goodness it is beautiful! I don’t know that I would call that a lazy Friday though! Your hand stitching looks perfect! Thanks for sharing!

    Take care,


  51. I love the sweet little yellow rosettes. It makes me think of early spring when everything is just beginning to bloom. Thanks so much for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays.

  52. That is just so beautiful! I absolutely love it and we are so glad you shared it at the Bunny Blog hop! 🙂
    P.S. Totally relate to “those days” and cracked up about the graham crackers for breakfast! Could be worse right? 😉

  53. Bravo Katie! Absolutely adorable! Thanks for sharing at my place!
    One Chatty Chic
    PS And I feel like that many, many days my friend!

  54. I love this pillow! I’m featuring it later today!!

  55. So so pretty! Thanks for sharing this at Drab to Fab last week! This week’s party is on! Come on back and share more of your great ideas (old or new) 🙂

    Amy @ Sugar and Spice

    Hope you have a great weekend!

  56. You’ve been featured! Thanks for linking to Refresh Your Nest Friday.

  57. Love, love, LOVE it, Katie!

    Seriously, such a good idea that worked SO well! : )

  58. I’m so glad I found your blog. You are so talented.Thank you for sharing.

  59. That pillow is amazing! Thanks for linking up! I think I already pinned this…..but just to make sure, I am pinning again!


  60. I cannot believe that you sewed this by hand … like really and seriously?

    And will your fall version be called “FALL” instead of BLOOM? Maybe DIE … and you can scatter some leaves on the ground …




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